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Electric Vehicle Employer Event:
New Report Released

Last June, NOVA was awarded a $250,000 State grant to create a strategic planning process for the emerging electric vehicle (EV) industry cluster.  The goal of the Silicon Valley Electric Vehicle Opportunity Initiative is to ensure that the local workforce has the talent and skills necessary to promote EV cluster growth and regional economic prosperity. NOVA is taking the lead on this project and is collaborating with two neighboring workforce investment boards (WIBs) — San Mateo County WIB and the San Jose-based work2future WIB, as well as many regional partners representing government, industry, education and organized labor.

On January 14, as part of this initiative, NOVA, in partnership with the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), who is coordinating partnerships with local EV companies, and the California Energy Commission (CEC), convened a workshop at Google in Mountain View for a capacity crowd representing the EV industry. The goal of this event was to identify and assess the growth opportunities and workforce needs directly from EV employers, with an emphasis on talent development. A report that captures the event’s outcomes, the results of an employer survey and polling during the event has now been completed and distributed to community stakeholders. The report’s findings highlight that companies are optimistic about hiring, but see challenges in finding the right mix of education, experience, and attitude and believe internships provide the best vehicle for preparing workers for what they need. Employers are also interested in tax rebates for consumers and expanded charging infrastructure.

This event represents one of many strategies that will be implemented in the coming months, as part of this planning initiative.